Ballpark, Hospital, and Mayor Jones

The fates of both the Richmond Flying Squirrels and a free-standing children's hospital seem to once again be overlapping. Mayor Dwight C. Jones met with representatives of both supporters of a free-standing children's hospital and Flying Squirrels' representatives last week. He expressed his continual support for a children's hospital at N. Boulevard, as well as a prospective location for the baseball team in the nearby counties. For the Flying Squirrels, the meetings suggest that, in spite of a renewed lease in the Diamond to last until 2017, they will eventually have to seek a new location. However, meetings with the mayor suggest a renewed sense of cooperation, which the team felt was absent in the past. For the mayor, suggesting a move for the stadium to the counties seems to be a retreat from his Shockoe Bottom proposal, even if he has not formally removed it. And hospital supporters, these meetings seem to provide a sliver of hope that their project will go through. These developments will hopefully become clearer at Monday's city council meeting, in which the council is scheduled to decide on a central piece of legislation about developments in N. Boulevard. Read more about the topic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch here

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